Single glazed windows, storage heaters, flat roof? We’ve all been there – getting ready for winter in rented accommodation that you can’t make any changes to can be stressful! But not to worry, these tips will ensure you stay cosy (without going broke) in the colder months.
Best ways to stay warm in winter:
- Thermal / Insulation Curtains
- Secondary Window Glazing Film
- Foam Draught Excluder Strips
- Tin Foil Behind the Radiators
- Winter Duvets
- Electric Heater
- Electric Blanket
- The Little Things
When you’re stuck with single glazed windows, heavy, thermal curtains can make all the difference in keeping the heat in and your heating bills low! There’s a wide range of colours and the curtains are reasonably priced on amazon. Just don’t forget to measure your windows properly!
This rented accommodation hack is perfect if you’ve got single glazed windows. The film creates the double glazing that you’re missing an is proven to keep homes warmer. Just stick the film up using the special double sided tape provided and then use a hairdryer to ensure it’s taught.
Draught coming in on the sides of your door or windows? These squishy foam strips will do the trick! Stick them wherever draughts are coming in and… problem solved. They’re also super cheap and easy to remove.
Project heat back into your room rather than losing it into the walls by simply putting tin foil behind radiators. Sure, you can get ‘proper’ aluminium foil for behind radiators here, but if you’ve already go a roll of foil at home, this is a great solution for keeping the heat inside your home!
5. Winter Duvet
Upgrade your duvet to a winter one! It might be a little pricey at first, but a good winter duvet, with at least 10 togs, will last you years. Make sure you have a duvet bag to store it in through the summer.
If the heating in your rented place just isn’t doing the trick, it might be worth investing in an extra electric heater. There are lots out there, but you want to find a heater that’s both effective and won’t be expensive to run. A recent Which? article (click here to read it) provides a list of the best electric heaters. The Dimplex 403TSFTie convection electric heater looks like the best solution because it’s a reasonable price (£59.99 currently) and has great features like a turbo boost.
I know – it’s something your Gran used – but a good electric blanket can go a long way to starting bedtime warm and staying that way, meaning you don’t have to turn on the heating in the night. There are lots of options out there, but an article in The Independent (click here to read it) recommended the Dreamland Boutique brand, which you can also buy on Amazon.
8. The Little Things
There are lots of little things you can do to keep your rented accommodation warmer on a day-to-day basis:
- Close doors to rooms you don’t use lots
- Open your curtains on sunny days
- Make sure there’s nothing in front of radiators
These little changes can make a big overall difference to making sure you stay warm this winter!